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Rangers make changes to pitching staff
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rangers have announced that right-hander Nick Martinez will join the starting rotation as a replacement for Tanner Scheppers, who is on the disabled list. Martinez is set to start Tuesday in Oakland.

The team has also brought up southpaw Aaron Poreda from Triple-A. He will take the roster spot vacated by Scheppers until Martinez arrives.

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Tanner Scheppers placed on DL by Rangers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rangers have placed opening day starter and 2014 disappointment Tanner Scheppers on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow muscle injury, per the Dallas Morning News, which had stressed that it is not a ligament problem.

Scheppers struggled in all four of his starts this season.

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Carlos Beltran not in Friday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

An aching left shoulder and right wrist received when he flopped over the wall Thursday in Tampa Bay has sidelined Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran for the game Friday night against the Rays.

Beltran and his .614 slugging percentage will be missed, though there has been nothing to indicate that his absence will be an extended one.

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Wilson Ramos able to take light swings
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was able to take light swings Friday, according to CSN.

Ramos said there was no discomfort, but admitted his wrist still felt weak. It was the first time he swung a bat since hamate surgery. Wrist weakness is common after this type of injury, so there's no concern about a setback at this time. 

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Jonathan Lucroy sitting Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Lucroy will be replaced by Martin Maldonado behind the plate. It's a normal day of rest for Lucroy. He's hitting .321 in 56 at-bats. 

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Jason Heyward gets a rest Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Heyward is receiving a normal day off. He'll be replaced by Ryan Doumit in right field. Heyward is hitting .136/.271/.254 in 59 at-bats.

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Lefty starter fuels lineup changes Friday for Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez has received a rare day off Friday to avoid Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly. Howie Kendrick is set to serve as the DH with defensive specialist John McDonald taking over at second base.

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Angels promote one pitcher, demote another
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Angels have recalled right-hander Josh Wall and sent lefty Jose Alvarez to Triple-A Salt Lake City.

Wall pitched briefly for Anaheim last season and compiled an 18.00 ERA while giving up 17 hits in just seven innings.

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Brandon Phillips removed Friday with back spasms
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Reds infielder Brandon Phillips was removed from Friday's game with back spasms, according to MLB.com.

Phillips was taken out after striking out in his first two at-bats. He appeared to tweak his back in the first inning, but remained in the game until after his second at-bat. He was removed for precautionary reasons, and is likely day-to-day.

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Red Sox promote Brock Holt, dump Ryan Roberts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Red Sox have promoted hot-hitting Brock Holt and placed him in the starting lineup at third base for the Friday night game against Baltimore. Ryan Roberts, who had been brought in to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks, has been designated for assignment.

Holt was batting .380 with six doubles in 50 at-bats at Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up by the Red Sox. He will bat ninth in his 2014 major league debut.

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